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Drying Out Homes via Water Removal Techniques in Buffalo Grove

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Out Homes via Water Removal Techniques in Buffalo Grove Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage to Your Buffalo Grove Home

Water Extraction Fast Upon Arrival Mitigates Damages and Costs

Property owners in Buffalo Grove go to great lengths to protect and improve their homes. Fire detectors, burglar alarms, and other home security measures help keep things safe. Water, though, creeps in during floods and water line breaks, because of sewer back-ups, and overflowing tubs and sinks.

When a home in Buffalo Grove suffers such a fate, water removal techniques restore a home quickly. SERVPRO is Always Faster To Any Size Disaster, including your own. Emergencies involving water inside your home require immediate mitigation. Waiting to respond allows water to spread out even more inside your home, saturating areas that might have remained dry.
When our technicians arrive at a water damaged home, they use moisture detectors to determine which areas contain the most saturation. The category assigned to the water that floods a home influences later measures during the cleanup stages. Clean water poses the fewest risks, but the longer it remains inside your home, the higher the chance of downgrading the category. The areas containing more moisture have the highest risk of this change. They also become the baseline for later readings made with our moisture detection equipment, helping us track our progress and ensuring that your home dries as planned.
Pumping out any standing water and heavily saturated areas readies the home for further water removal techniques. Drying your family's belongings and your home's interior structures must happen quickly to prevent dry rot, microbial growth, and staining. Heaters help lift up moisture and increase the rate of evaporation. Large air movers direct heated air, laden with evaporated moisture, outdoors and windows or toward dehumidifiers. Odors can also develop quickly after an event involving water, and we can help you solve this predicament, also. We have many different techniques that remove odors left behind by water.
Because water affects so much of a home's interior negatively, we at SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich act as quickly as possible whenever we receive a call about an emergency requiring our water removal equipment. No matter what type of water is overtaking your home, or the amount, calling our local number at (847) 279-1940 gets you started toward complete dryness again.

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Controlling Microbial Growth Minimizes Mold Damage in Your Zurich Home's Attic and Basement

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Controlling Microbial Growth Minimizes Mold Damage in Your Zurich Home's Attic and Basement Mold Remediation by SERVPRO in Lake Zurich Improves Indoor Air Quality

Moisture and Temperature Control Help Prevent Reinfestations of Mold

Storing things in areas of your Zurich residence keeps clutter down, and can help reduce the amount of housework done to keep everything nice and clean. Attics and basements are prime areas for storage – conveniently close but in general, still out of sight.

Keeping your Zurich home clutter-free while still hanging onto memorabilia from the past can lead to mold damage, however. Microbial activity can damage the very items you place in storage, as well as your home. SERVPRO restores houses, condos, and businesses, and also personal belongings and other contents kept inside, from all kinds of damage.

When mold causes damage, high humidity levels are generally the cause, possibly from water leaks. Our skilled technicians work with customers on many different types of services to make everything “Like it never even happened,” no matter what kind or combination of damage or causes exist. We have the skills, tools, and equipment needed to restore both your personal belongings and your home after damaging mold attacks.

Before we begin to clean the area of any mold using IICRC-approved procedures, we enclose the area with protective sheeting and turn off heating and air conditioning systems. In large remediation projects, containment is crucial. Preventing the spread of microbes minimizes their chances of re-establishing future colonies. Structures that become exposed to microbial growth lose their strength, making them weaker. We clean hard, non-porous items of mold but softer; porous items need more thorough restoration work. Overall, wherever mold grows, we remove, restore, and if needed, replace items.

To prevent mold from growing again, we check moisture levels within your home to discover the path humidity travels before finding its way into your storage areas. Basements might become wet when water heaters develop leaks, the ground is saturated, or sump pumps begin to falter. Attics can develop moisture problems whenever snowmelt develops ice dams over loose shingles or if exhaust venting leaks moist air into the attic before it reaches the outside vent. Perhaps, new attic insulation can control temperature fluctuations. We discuss these situations with you and offer options to solve each one.

SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich wants your family to live in a healthy home, free of microbial growth that can create mold damage. Call us at (847) 279-1940 so we can discuss your options.
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Fire Damage During Your Buffalo Grove Remodel

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage During Your Buffalo Grove Remodel Fires can be caused by many things including damaged wiring. Prevent fires by checking wires and contact SERVPRO should you have a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Many Different Types of Fire Damage Residues That are Left Behind

Electrical fires occur for a range of reasons. Cords can be frayed, water can act as a conductor, tools can malfunction, or operators can damage wiring inside walls, among other things. If there are construction materials nearby, the blaze can get out of control fast. We pride ourselves on our equally swift response to your request for fire damage help in Buffalo Grove.
A contractor cut through the electric wiring during demolition for your new kitchen remodel. The shorted wires started a smoldering fire that slowly burned through some of the original drywall before it was put out by your kitchen’s fire extinguisher. The fire department carefully evaluated your home’s wiring during their visit, ensuring that no further risk of fire in the walls existed. Our team arrives as the firefighters leave, ready to assess the situation.
Thankfully the fire did not spread, but a thick, acrid coating of smoke moved throughout your home. SERVPRO’s highly-qualified technicians, skills mastered through Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, immediately devise a comprehensive plan to clean the kitchen area and also inspect the rest of the house to ensure all smoke and soot residues are eliminated.
The soot produced by a slow burning, low oxygen electrical fire is thick and wet. Wet soot is likely to smear, so techniques to remove it require a systematic approach of spraying cleaning solutions and then wiping up the loosened substances. Even though your kitchen is in the middle of a renovation, it is essential to clean up the soot thoroughly. Allowing any soot to remain risks deterioration of both existing and new building materials used in the kitchen rehab, and also allows the oppressive smell to remain.
The smell of this type of low-oxygen fire is pungent and persistent, requiring the expertise of SERVPRO’s deodorization specialists to remove. If removing the burned wiring and the wet soot in all areas does not dissipate the odor, our experienced deodorization crew moves on to sprays or thermal fogging in hopes of eradicating the stench. These airborne methods work by applying like-sized neutralizing agents to the odor-bearing particles.
Fogging adds a combustion step to replicate the way odor was created. Research shows this to be a more efficient method to match the neutralizer to the smelly bits in the air and even deep within materials. Another option for strong smells is a hydroxyl generator that creates negatively or neutrally charged particles that naturally “seek and destroy” odor molecules.
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich features specialized equipment and work crews to remediate the sticky residues and strong smells after an electrical fire. Call (847) 279-1940 to schedule an inspection and start the recovery process.

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Why Buffalo Grove Flood Damage Needs Immediate Action

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Buffalo Grove Flood Damage Needs Immediate Action Mold growth starts within 24 to 48 hours of flooding, another reason immediate action is necessary.

Quick Action After A Flood

Torrential rains and the runoff from surrounding areas place some areas of Buffalo Grove squarely in the path of flood damage. Dealing with several inches of flood water in a basement or walk out lower level is overwhelming, and added pressure comes from the commonly repeated warning that homeowners must seek help right away. We help explain the need for speed and offer a rapid and professional response.

Record rainfall always seems in the news today, and Buffalo Grove is no exception, having experienced significant flood damage recently. Struggling to manage flooding is impossible without proper equipment, including industrial strength submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors. The challenge exacerbates with potential sewer backups into homes and seepage from the saturated ground surrounding residences. We offer highly qualified technicians and powerful equipment to remove flood waters from any source safely and to local codes, followed by fast and effective structural drying.

Even though you may want to consider your options for a day or two when this much water invades your home, every moment you wait risks ever-escalating danger to the integrity of the foundation and other building materials of your house. The mixture of rain, sewage, and other substances threatens both the structure of your dwelling and the health of your family. Flood waters range from gray to black, the most polluted, because of the human, animal, and chemical waste potentially found in it. SERVPRO has years of experience evacuating flood water and remediating the damage it does to a residence.

Our crews spring into action after our seasoned project managers review your particular situation and formulate a plan. Truck mounted pumps and extractors remove the water fast, and technicians then measure and monitor moisture in walls, floors, and the air, determining drying goals achieved by the use of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. We locate any additional water found trapped in cinder block foundations or behind walls or paneling using scanning devices. That residual moisture is suctioned out or drained using strategically placed openings in walls or holes drilled in mortar joints.

Mold growth starts within 24 to 48 hours of flooding, another reason immediate action is necessary. Removing water and drying out structure significantly reduces the risk of mold proliferation, and SERVPRO crews also apply professional grade antimicrobials to surfaces to inhibit infestation. Basements often contain stored items, and we pack these out to a dry area on your property or off-site for a thorough review. We have innovative drying technologies available to save items you may fear lost, including freeze-drying for pictures, books, and documents. Best results occur when soaked articles receive treatment as soon as possible.

We know the pressure of dealing with flood damage feels immense, but the management and service crews of SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich want to support your and explain the process thoroughly. Call (847) 279-1940 to schedule an inspection and consultation.

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Bonfire Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage in Lake Zurich

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Bonfire Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage in Lake Zurich A bonfire can easily get out of control and cause fire damage to your yard and home, follow SERVPRO's safety tips to prevent fire damage.

SERVPRO is Available to Help if Your Bonfire Gets Out of Control and Causes Damage

Fall is upon us and for many people that means bonfires. It is the perfect season to get a bonfire going in the yard of your Lake Zurich home and invite friends over for s’mores, hot beverages, and potatoes baked in the embers. Unfortunately, many people do not realize how dangerous bonfires can be. A bonfire that gets out of control can spark a blaze in your outbuildings or even your home. That is why SERVPRO recommends the following safety tips to avoid fire damage this fall season.

Choosing the right location is essential in order to avoid fire damage in Lake Zurich. If you have a huge yard, you can build your fire in a secluded area. However, for most people, a fire pit is a much safer option. Build or place your pit in a clear well-ventilated area, at least ten feet away from any structures. Make sure there is room to sit beside it without getting too close to the flames.

Start and finish your bonfire safely. Start with crumpled paper and small sticks, and progress to larger pieces of wood as the flames take hold. Do not use lighter fluid or gasoline as these can accelerate the blaze out of control. When it is time to wind down for the evening, let the fire burn down, and then carefully spread the ashes out and pour water on them slowly. Check for any remaining embers before going back indoors.

Check the weather – do not host your fall get together on an evening when the breeze is high. The wind quickly blows sparks onto surrounding buildings, trees, or even people. If necessary, move your gathering to another night.

Always be mindful of children and pets. Teach kids the safest route to walk to and from the seating area, and keep an eye on them at all times. Put pets indoors if you can; if any pets are going to be out, fit them with glow in the dark collars, and supervise them at all times.

Having a bonfire is terrific fun, and if you follow SERVPRO’s tips, it is very safe.

If you run into any problems with fire damage in Wheeling, Vernon Hills, Long Grove and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich at (847) 279-1940 for assistance.

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Water Damage Abatement In Your Buffalo Grove Organic Grocery

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Abatement In Your Buffalo Grove Organic Grocery Overnight a commercial enterprise can go from thriving to waterlogged.

Water Damage Abatement

Overnight a commercial enterprise can go from thriving to waterlogged. There are so many ways water damage might interfere with the operations of Buffalo Grove entrepreneurs, from leaks spouting from broken plumbing to malfunctioning appliances or other unexpected events. Get back in business with help from our trained and experienced water damage remediation teams.

Condensation and melted ice and food products leaked out onto the floors creating a chaos of contaminated water damage in your upscale Buffalo Grove organic grocery store. A short in the electrical system unexpectedly shut down banks of coolers and freezers after closing time. The response required is beyond your normal housekeeping service, but we offer years of experience in complex cleaning situations and will be up to the task.

Water damage in a food store is concerning and local health, and safety codes require swift action or your business may be shut down. Even a brief stint of closure damages your reputation. Our SERVPRO team prides itself on being faster to any size disaster, including offering round the clock availability. We arrive ready to assess the problem and then begin immediate remediation. Every service vehicle comes equipped with pumps, extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers, ready to be pressed into action.

We also stock a broad range of cleaning and antimicrobial products to prevent water damage from transitioning to a hazardous waste challenge. The SERVPRO crew makes sure water does not remain in hidden areas like under or behind your equipment. The possibility of water saturating the subfloors is evaluated so that secondary or recurring water damage does not occur.

SERVPRO relies upon our experts, the project managers who combine IICRC training with personal experience achieving positive results for clients. The unique nature of the mix of water and melted food creates the potential for accelerated microbial growth, threatening your ability to restock and reopen if remediation is delayed. Our crews extract water and food debris, containing and disposing of it pursuant to local regulations, Sanitization follows, permitting the freezers and coolers to be placed back on duty.

Our reputation in the restoration industry makes us a recommended resource for many insurers. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich works with your insurance company and local authorities to ensure that the cleanup proceeds appropriately and successfully.

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Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home with Candle Safety SERVPRO Tip--Handle Candles Carefully to Prevent Fire Damage in Your Buffalo Grove Home

Smoke & Fire Issues Need Professional Cleanup and Restoration

A relaxing touch to the atmosphere of your Buffalo Grove home, candles are unfortunately also the cause of thousands of fires each year. However, even with the risk, many people love to use them for ambiance and decoration. They can be used safely by following some simple tips.
Burning candles in your Buffalo Grove home in rooms which are drafty can spell disaster. Fans, vents, and air currents could cause the flames to catch on items nearby and leaving you with lots of fire damage to clean up. SERVPRO understands the importance of safety tips when it comes to burning these scented beauties, and encourages smart use.
Candles should always be kept at least a foot or more away from anything flammable, like fabric, paper, furniture or curtains. Burn them in holders which are stable and put them on a level, sturdy surface which is resistant to heat.
Keep out of reach of pets and children as well. They can knock over a candle easily and spill the hot wax on themselves, ignite themselves, or nearby furniture. Teach children proper safety and how to extinguish flames correctly. Of course, never leave a burning taper unattended.
When you call SERVPRO to handle fire damage remediation after a mishap from one of these lights, we also need to deodorize your home from the smoke smells. It would be an easy process if all odors came from one source. However, that is not always the case.
We remove the odor source and debris first instead of trying to deodorize the source. Thermal fogging is one method we can utilize. Anything charred is removed. Debris which is contaminated by smoke residues continues to give off smoke odors or soils if it is not taken out. We then clean any surfaces which have odor-causing residues on them.
SERVPRO techs use deodorization methods which imitate the nature of the smoke. Doing this is a highly effective process. Sometimes, we may also need to seal surfaces in more severe situations. Sealing can eliminate the odor problem in cases where it is impractical or too expensive to get rid of the odor. Two examples can be sealing inaccessible duct surfaces or painting walls.
SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich can be trusted to clean your home up after a fire. Anyone living in the areas of Vernon Hills, Buffalo Grove, or Lake Zurich can get in touch with us anytime at (847) 279-1940.

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Lake Zurich Water Damage Recovery

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Lake Zurich Water Damage Recovery Dehumidifiers are crucial to water removal in Lake Zurich

SERVPRO Offers Restoration Services Post Water Intrusion

The word flood right now means millions of gallons of water and a city underneath it all. Most damage to homes comes from smaller, more mundane sources. Split pipes and rusted out water heaters usually result in higher repair costs than the type of disaster we see in the news now.

Stopping water damage in a Lake Zurich home requires more than just pumping out standing water. A restoration team needs a wide inventory of skills and tools to stop water from destroying carpets, furniture, and the structure. Every SERVPRO office has access to a nationwide network of equipment and training that meets the standards of the restoration industry.

Water quickly absorbs into everything except brick and stone. If we can draw it out fast enough, then it is not necessary to replace floors, furniture, or even walls. The way we do this is to raise the temperature and lower the humidity while drawing water from the air.

We start by installing portable space heaters. The range to dry a home is 70 to 90 degrees. The closer to 90 we can raise the temperature, the better. Our technicians are careful not to raise the temperature too high, too quickly though. If they do, then the moisture content in the air increases. Technicians set-up dehumidifiers to bring down the air moisture content (humidity) as the temperature rises. Our initial goal is to lower the humidity to under 60 percent which decreases the drying time. Depending on the number of dehumidifiers and the size of the room, we can draw enough water from the air to lower the humidity by 20 percent in a single day.

To increase the efficiency of these devices, we also deploy fans and air movers at key points in the home. The fans draw out the cooler, moist air as the air movers generate warmer, dry air to replace it. We also use air movers along walls to dry out sheetrock, wood paneling, and ceiling tiles before they become compromised by the water.

Returning a home to its original condition is difficult regardless of the source of water. Reducing and preventing further damage requires a trained team of restoration experts. SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich is here to help you put your home and life back together. Call us today at (847) 279-1940 to schedule an inspection and learn more about what we can do for you.

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Torrential Storms Increase the Risk of Flood Damage in the Buffalo Grove Area

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Torrential Storms Increase the Risk of Flood Damage in the Buffalo Grove Area When you have a flooded home, it's time to call the flood damage restoration experts at SERVPRO. Call right after the event for best results.

Flooding can Happen Very Quickly as a Result of Changing Weather Patterns

Storms forming around the Buffalo Grove area can produce several inches of water in a brief time. While this may not result in a flooded home when the water travels and congregates elsewhere, this can become very troublesome for homeowners.
When drenched by a storm, homes can have flood damage in Buffalo Grove. It can occur both rapidly and unexpectedly. When flooding is known about and expected, removing anything of value to higher levels in your home can prevent many expensive losses. However, sudden floods can surprise residents, and only a few inches of floodwater entering a home can result in thousands of dollars in damaged furnishings and interior structures.
SERVPRO's technicians are always ready to assist with restoring a home. We have earned IICRC certificates in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and related fields, and know your home is central to your family's sense of normalcy. Working as quickly as possible without making mistakes ensures completion of your family home's restoration as soon as possible.
Complete drying out of furniture, carpets, and affected personal belongings must happen soon after water is pumped out. Dampness permits mold and mildew to flourish in as little as 48 hours. Other problems such as weakened supports within a home can become apparent later through sagging of floors and cracking of walls and ceiling joints. Before applying microbial inhibitors and other cleaning agents that help restore your furnishings, it is important to verify that no abnormal levels of moisture may exist.
We can pack up and clean all of the affected belongings at our facility or in the home in an unaffected area, depending on the specific situation and homeowners' preferences. When completed and the home's flooded area shows no signs of damage, returning these items to their original locations happens as quickly as possible.
Understanding of your needs during trying situations brought on by Mother Nature, SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove / Lake Zurich has the caring professionals who are only a phone call away. Regardless of the time of day or night, reaching us is as easy as calling (847) 279-1940. Restoring your home flood damage begins with one phone call.

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Water Damage Restoration After Toilet Overflow in Buffalo Grove

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration After Toilet Overflow in Buffalo Grove Make sure to place a quick call to SERVPRO if your toilet ever overflows. Our technicians arrive equipped to remove the water and clean up damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Water Removal Quickly to Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Setting in

When your upstairs toilet has overflowed, and water gets on your wood floors, walls, carpeting, or ceiling below, it is important to use water removal and extraction services as soon as you can. Home water damage restoration is truly needed when you have water leaks or flooding in your home so your property can be restored to its preloss condition.
The extraction of water needs to happen as soon as possible after water damage happens in your Buffalo Grove home. Doing so reduces the losses you sustain and how much time it takes to dry your property fully. At SERVPRO, we use equipment which is powerful, truck-mounted to extract the water thoroughly and fast. We also have specialized devices to determine the moisture levels in your ceilings and walls to find any trapped or hidden water.
When we arrive at your home, our technicians perform a free visual inspection with infrared cameras and moisture meters. We identify the source of the water leak and stop it, then make an action plan to get your home dry again. We also pack out, move, or block any furniture to prevent it from being damaged any further. All the excess moisture is extracted from carpeting and wood flooring as well.
Once we extract the excess water, cleanup and restoration of your home can begin. We spray an anti-microbial to prevent mold from growing and start the drying process with high-tech dehumidifiers and air movers. Each day, we monitor the moisture levels to ensure that your home is completely dried. Dehumidifiers and fans are moved accordingly to ensure proper drying.
All damaged materials can then be reconstructed, including ceilings, walls, and flooring. We also help you get in contact with your insurance company to ensure that you get the coverage you need.
When you hire SERVPRO of Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich to clean up your toilet overflow damage, you can rest assured you are getting a quality and competent company. We work quickly to prevent further damage to your home and possessions, all while treating you with the utmost of care when you call us at (847) 279-1940.
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